Medical research is complex. To the public, it can sometimes be baffling,  boring, or even scary.

But it can also be exciting, engaging, and a call to action. It all comes down to how you tell the story.

I’m Richard Berks, a freelance science writer, specialising in helping charities tell inspiring stories about life-changing research. 

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Science writing for medical charities

I translate complex science into engaging words that are easy to follow.

Making your scientific research accessible and exciting to your supporters (and your colleagues) is really powerful. It shows them where the money’s going, helps them to feel involved, and shows the advances your charity is making.

It takes a special blend of skills to make science accessible.

Turning scientific research into something that holds people’s interest (and understanding) isn’t as easy as it might sound. It takes time, patience, and a thorough understanding of the science. It also needs a creative knack for knowing how to explain something complicated so it makes sense to someone who doesn’t have a PhD.

As it happens, I do have a PhD, but I also have many years of experience in writing about research for charities. Find out why I’m the right writer for the job.

There are plenty of benefits to working with me.

I’ll free up precious time for you and your in-house team to focus on other things and, as I’m used to working with tone of voice and style guidelines, I’ll slot into your processes so you’ll hardly know I’m there.

You’ll also benefit from my ‘outsider’s’ point-of-view. I can look at your organisation in a new way – and when you’re writing for supporters, that kind of fresh perspective is invaluable.

“He’s very approachable, reliable, easy to talk to and has a ‘can do’ attitude. With Richard, I could feel the project was in safe hands.”

Breast Cancer Now

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Everything else

It’s impossible to list everything I can help you with. If you’ve had a look through my website and my experience and think there’s something else I could do for you, get in touch for a chat! If I can help, I will (and if I can’t help, I might be able to put you in touch with someone who can).

Like any specialist, I know my strengths.

When it comes to writing words for your charity, my skills lie very much with your science and research content. I’m afraid fundraising copy isn’t my thing – but I’ll happily point you in the direction of other copywriters who are really skilled at this. Just ask!

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About me

I’m a freelance science communicator based in the North East of England. I love turning the complex into the simple – discovering new science and finding ways to tell others about it.

I have more than eight years of experience working for medical research charities. During that time, I’ve developed a range of skills in communicating research in accessible and engaging ways – and training others to do so too. I want to use these skills to help other organisations communicate medical research. Read more about how I can help you.

I have also blogged about the science of pregnancy, babies, and parenting at The Geekfather – nominated for Best Science Blog Award by the Association of British Science Writers in 2018.

Before life as a science communicator, I completed a PhD studying a type of leukaemia common in children, giving me valuable insight into the world of academic research.

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